Saratoga Community Briefings for the week of January 28 – The Mercury News

Blood collect

Local Rotary clubs, including the one in Saratoga, collaborate with the American Red Cross’s “Give Blood Drive.” To make an appointment to make a donation, visit or download the blood donor app at

New Poet Laureate

San Jose resident Tshaka Campbell was named Santa Clara County Poet Laureate on Jan. 11 for a two-year term ending Dec. 31, 2023.

Campbell is the curator of “Beautiful Black Books” as part of Poetry Center San Jose. He also leads lectures and workshops on creative writing, spiritual verse, and other related topics. He has written four books – ‘Tarman’, ‘Muted Whispers’, ‘Tunnel Vision’ and ‘Stuff’ – and released three music albums: ‘One’, ‘Bloodlines’ and ‘Skin vol.1’.

Campbell was recommended to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, which nominated him for the honorary position following a call for nominations and a two-stage review process hosted by the county, Silicon Valley Creates and the Santa Clara County Library District. He is the county’s seventh Poet Laureate.

Among the programs Campbell is planning is “In Our Words,” for local youth to write poems that capture the impact the past two years have had on them. Their work will be published in an anthology and exhibited at various locations around the county.

Campbell will be officially installed at the Feb. 8 board of supervisors meeting, where he will read a selection of his work as part of the invocation.

Trail Survey

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority invites visitors to share their thoughts on one-way trails in its system’s open space preserves. The survey at aims to ensure that the authority “provides meaningful and functional experiences on our reservations”.

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